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"Mr and Mrs Smith" Go to the Small Screen

January 04, 2007 04:33:52 GMT

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Riding on the huge success "Mr and Mrs Smith" has scored in the big screen, a TV series based on the flick is about to come up to the surface as ABC has delightfully given the project green light to enter production, Variety has revealed.

Being eyed as a fall 2007 contender, the show is planned to have its pilot episode shot in March with Doug Liman and Simon Kinberg reprising their duty as director and writer, respectively. Both of them will also executive produce alongside Dave Bartis, who is known for his producing work in "The O.C."

Bruce Joel Rubin Falls for "Traveler's Wife"

January 04, 2007 04:11:40 GMT

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Looks like it will be some time more before moviegoers can see "The Time Traveler's Wife" in theaters. Variety has reported that New Line Cinema has decided to not using the screenplay penned by Jeremy Leven and appointed "Deep Impact" scribe Bruce Joel Rubin to rewrite it instead.

So far, the project has already had Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Nick Wechsler on producers' seats with "Flightplan" helmer Robert Schwentke being attached to direct. Meanwhile, "Mean Girls" star Rachel McAdams is still in negotiations to take the female lead role.

Weinstein Co. Picks Up "I'm Not There"

January 04, 2007 03:43:28 GMT

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Probably it will be one of the most high-profile features The Weinstein Company has ever got within grasp. The studio is reported to have successfully secured the rights to distribute Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There" around North America as well as in the U.K.

Timed with the U.S release of the movie, which is set for later this year, a soundtrack containing dozens of Dylan's compositions will also be launched. The album has already been supervised by Randall Poster plus Jim Dunbar and will feature voices of notable artists like Willie Nelson and Yo La Tengo apart from that of the legend himself.

Hank Azaria to Get "Outsourced"

January 04, 2007 03:05:46 GMT

"Godzilla" star Hank Azaria, also known for his voice works in "The Simpsons", is set to embrace his feature directorial debut. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Forest Hills-born actor is currently engaged in talks to helm "Outsourced", a layoff comedy project coming from Columbia Pictures.

Produced by Eric Gold, the feature focuses on two workmen of an American factory who venture south of the border to get their jobs back when the factory is shut down and transported to Mexico. No words yet on production date.

Mike Myers Working on Three Big Screen Projects

January 04, 2007 02:36:50 GMT

Mike Myers sure knows how to keep himself busy for months ahead. The New York Times has revealed that the funnyman has already had three new film projects in his hand which include two comedies about a relationship guru and office worker under siege by robots also a drama revolving around Keith Moon, known as the deceased drummer of The Who.

Among these three, the first one seems to be Myers' priority at the moment as his agent, David O'Connor, has openly stated that there were two completed drafts of the script along with advanced discussions with Paramount Pictures and the possibility of sequels.

"Meg" Ready to Resurface

January 04, 2007 02:05:27 GMT

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Getting stalled for awhile as it failed to meet a 2006 release as planned, New Line Cinema's prehistoric shark tale "Meg" delightfully has landed a second chance to get developed. Variety has learned that the project may finally move forward this year with an aim to be filmed in spring for a summer 2008 release, at the earliest.

Based on the Steve Alten's book series, the picture originally was under Disney before its rights went to New Line in 2005. It initially was intended to be made for $75 million, but when the estimated budget came in much higher, mostly due to the f/x, the latter studio decided to put the movie on hold.

The 2006 CFCA Awards Winners Unveiled

January 04, 2007 02:03:44 GMT

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Announced by its president Dann Gire, the Chicago Film Critics Association revealed their picks for the recipients of their 2006 CFCA Awards held Thursday, December 28, 2006.

Coming out as the big winner was the twist-filled mob saga "The Departed" which snatched the top honor of Best Picture along with two other prizes of Best Director for Martin Scorsese and Best Adapted Screenplay for writer William Monahan.

Natasha Henstridge Shows Way to "The Tourist"


January 03, 2007 09:32:50 GMT

One more notable name is coming to add more highlights to "The Tourist." Variety has reported that "Commander in Chief" star Natasha Henstridge is positive to take part in the action thriller project joining an ensemble cast consisting of Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Maggie Q among others.

Co-produced by Jackman's Seed Productions, the picture revolves around an accountant named Jonathan (McGregor) who becomes the primary suspect in a woman's disappearance also a 20 million dollar theft after being introduced by his new friend Wyatt (Jackman) to a mysterious club known as The List. Marcel Langenegger is directing with Mark Bomback, Patrick Marber, and Jason Keller all penning the script.

Danielle Harris Picks Trick in "Halloween"

January 03, 2007 08:34:51 GMT

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Set to make a return to the franchise, Queens-born actress Danielle Harris is currently involved in negotiations for a lead role in Rob Zombie's "Halloween", an updated "re-imagining" of John Carpenter's 1978 directorial effort of the same title, Fangoria has reported.

If everything runs smooth, Harris, according to the site, will likely to play "none other than heroine Laurie Strode herself -- or if not that character, played four times in the franchise by Jamie Lee Curtis, then certainly someone of prominence." The beauty previously appeared in both the fourth and fifth installments of the series as Jamie Lloyd, Michael Myers' niece.

Elijah Wood Puzzles Out "Oxford Murders"

January 03, 2007 07:49:23 GMT

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Continues to explore the diverse acting roles in his film career, Elijah Wood is now putting an eye on thriller genre. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the "Deep Impact" star has reached a deal to take part in the international crime feature "Oxford Murders", an adaptation of Argentinean writer Guillermo Martinez's award-winning novel of the same title.

Set to appear opposite John Hurt, Wood will portray a young student who comes under the wing of a Sherlock Holmes-style mentor as he gets intrigued by a murder that takes place where he lives. Shooting is scheduled to start on January 22 in London and Oxford, England under Tornasol Films banner with Alex de la Iglesia directing as well as penning the script.

Willie Nelson and Larry Miller Courting A "Blonde"

January 03, 2007 06:51:14 GMT

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Following the step of Penelope Ann Miller, Willie Nelson and Larry Miller have both been confirmed to eagerly join the cast of comedy flick "Blonde Ambition", the loose remake of the 1988 film "Working Girl" coming from Nu Image/Millennium Films and Sony Entertainment.

Also lining up with the likes of Jessica Simpson, Luke Wilson, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Andy Dick, Nelson is billed to portray the grandfather of Simpson's character while Miller will play the CEO of an international conglomerate. The film itself focuses on a young woman played by Simpson who gets caught in the middle of a scheme set by two ruthless business execs to overthrow the head of the conglomerate.

Title Confirmed on "National Treasure" Sequel

January 03, 2007 05:12:23 GMT

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At last the follow-up to adventure hit "National Treasure" has its name now. Buena Vista Pictures, the studio producing the project, has confirmed that the title for the sequel will be "National Treasure II: The Book of Secrets" as it is set to hit theaters on December 21, 2007.

The title refers to the eighteen pages which are actually missing from a journal written by John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated the 16th U.S president Abraham Lincoln during his visit to attend a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865.

Ian McKellen Spatters Some "Stardust"

January 03, 2007 04:23:20 GMT

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Ready for more voice acting after that in "Flushed Away", Ian McKellen is set to fill in the narrator role in "Stardust", a fantasy adventure feature of Paramount Pictures production, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Directed by "Layer Cake" helmer Matthew Vaughn, the project has wrapped its production in the fall with cast that includes Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer, plus Robert De Niro. McKellen himself is attached to record his part during post-production before the flick's scheduled release date on July 27 this year.

Weekend Box Office of December 29, 2006-January 1, 2007

January 03, 2007 03:26:29 GMT

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The New Year's holiday undeniably is the perfect period for family to spend time together and so has brought such great advantage to family-friendly flick "Night at the Museum."

Yes, the Fox release again rules in its second round on the box office during the four-day weekend ended Monday, January 1, 2007, pulling a superb number of $48.2 million ($ 36.8 million for Friday-Sunday earnings) to once more put its rival "The Pursuit of Happyness" on number two for the inspiring tale scores far below at $25.4 million ($19.4 million) in its third spin on the chart.

James Brown Biopic Finds Its Director

December 31, 2006 11:02:31 GMT

The "Godfather of Soul" James Brown will rise again - on screen - this time the feature film will be directed by Spike Lee, the "Inside Man" director. Produced by Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, the movie could be production by late 2007.

''It's an authorized biography done with the cooperation of Mr. Brown before his passing,'' Paramount spokeswoman Nancy Kirkpatrick said without further comment to Variety.
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